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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Man Dies in Snohomish County Jail After Turning Himself in for a Misdemeanor Pot Charge

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

What killed him? According to KIRO—and a claim filed by the man's mother—a combination of food allergies and medical neglect.

Around 5:46, a group of inmates arrived to serve breakfast and men began lining up. While others sat to eat, the camera first captured Saffioti at the guard's desk, holding his tray. Saffioti suffered from extreme dairy allergies and took regular pains to protect himself...

The video shows Saffioti apparently discussing his food with the guard, servers and fellow inmates.

He took a few bits of what seems to be oatmeal and then, "within a few minutes, [Michael] Saffioti was back at the guard desk, using his inhaler."

According to the legal claim, he asked to see a nurse. Instead, he was sent to his cell.

Over the next half hour, the video shows other inmates looking in Saffioti's cell as he jumped up and down.

The legal claim says he pressed his call button and was ignored.

About 35 minutes after he ate, a guard found Saffioti unconscious in his cell.

Paramedics were unable to revive him. It was the eighth prisoner death at the Snohomish facility in three years.

Four months later, marijuana was legalized in Washington state.

 

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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Can we try the guards for murder and then if they are found guilty give them the death penalty?
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM · Report this
Andrew Cole 2
Well, that's awful.
Posted by Andrew Cole on November 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM · Report this
pinksoda 3
I get where you’re going with this, but this issue is more about training (for guards), and protocol/policy with regard to medical attention in jails/prisons then it is about pot.

Posted by pinksoda on November 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM · Report this
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I remember hearing about this one. Pretty horrifying stuff.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 5
3, it's not going to happen. cops & prison guards aren't hired, trained or paid to be anything more than what is demonstrated in the story. being decent human beings is not part of the job description.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 6
You know, Brendan, we have a newspaper up in Everett. It's covered the County Jail stories many times, in great detail. Just a thought- give them a plug rather than that crap TeeVee News site.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on November 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM · Report this
pinksoda 7
@5 - I completely agree. My point is that making this story about marijauna legalization is stretching!
Posted by pinksoda on November 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM · Report this
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The issue here isn't pot legalization, the issue is that we treat prisoners like garbage and no one gives a fuck.
Posted by Solk512 on November 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM · Report this
monkey 9
Is that a privately-run or state-run prison. If it's the former I'm not surprised.
Posted by monkey on November 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM · Report this
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@ 7. The story doesn't have to be about just one thing. It's about all of it.
Posted by Brendan Kiley on November 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM · Report this

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